Liverpool Crown Court has slapped a British headteacher who groomed at least 131 children around the world using social media with a 20-month prison sentence. Nicholas Clayton used Facebook Messenger to contact children as young as 10, asking for photos and attempting to sexually abuse them.
The 38-year-old appeared at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court on August 23. He admitted three counts of sexual intercourse with a child under 16 and one count of inciting the sexual exploitation of a child. Clayton was sentenced to 20 months in prison and made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order for 15 years.
Who is Nicholas Clayton?
Clayton was the principal of an international school in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. Investigators found he communicated with hundreds of boys aged between 10 and 10 around the world over a period of just three months. Clayton’s conversations were found with victims in Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Iraq, Morocco and Turkey, among others.
Hazel Stewart, from the National Crime Agency, said Nicholas Clayton abused his position of trust as a head teacher by attempting to contact and sexually exploit children, using technology to access hundreds of potential victims across the globe. He revealed that Clayton was very cautious and careful in his communications – making them appear innocent.
NCA catches head teacher
But NCA investigators were able to see the predatory grooming patterns he used on vulnerable children. He caught up with Clayton after receiving information that a 13-year-old boy from Cambodia had been contacted on Facebook messenger by a man asking for photos of his bare torso. He had also arranged to pay for the boy to travel to Malaysia so they could meet.
The NCA arrested Clayton when he returned to the UK. The agency quickly obtained a sex-risk injunction to mitigate the potential risk of infringing other crimes, barring Clayton from traveling around the world while the investigation continues.
Facebook about child exploitation
Facebook does not tolerate the exploitation of children on its platforms. A spokesperson for the social media platform said it includes strong security measures in its plans.
Facebook focuses on preventing harm by banning suspicious profiles, giving under-18s private or “friends only” accounts by default. Recently, the platform introduced restrictions that prevent adults from sending messages to children with whom they are connected.
It also encourages people to report harmful messages for Facebook to view the content, respond quickly and refer to the relevant authorities. In addition, the platform takes its time to do things right and works with experts to help people stay safe online.
Source : www.ibtimes.sg